Wednesday, July 11, 2018

From Montagues To Edmond Oklahoma,…. And Beyond,…

Mitch and Kathi Wade,…

Florence is about to lose a couple of special people. They have been inhabitants of the Shoals area for about 23 years and will soon be moving to Edmond OK to be closer to his parents.

Several years ago I blogged about my favorite little corner in Florence, it being the corner of Pine St and Chisholm Rd. I don’t know why I was attracted to the place but for some strange reason I just thought the little buildings there were so neat. Apparently so did Mitch and Kathi Wade.

After putting in Montagues and Frostbite on that corner I had to sample the food at Montagues. To this day I have yet to have a better Philly Cheesesteak. I met the owner there one day and the rest has been history, so to speak.

Getting to know them has been a true joy. We share many of the same ideals and beliefs and thoughts and they have been a true blessing to me. Supporters of the Florence area and UNA in particular, the Wades will be missed but they do promise to be back to support the Lions. They have become customers of mine and friends as well.  While I completely understand the why’s of the move ( I would expect nothing less),… it doesn’t make it any easier to see them go. Truly two people that were right for each other and for everyone they come in contact with. I cannot compliment them enough. Love you guys and will miss you and wish you well on your next chapter!! War Damn Eagle!!
Do you notice a trend here?,….
They do love the Purple&Gold,….


And they do clean up well,….


Saturday, July 7, 2018

How To Drive In A Parking Lot,…

Two main things about operating a vehicle in a parking lot. One, use common sense. I realize that is something that not everyone possesses but the next thing kind of goes a long with it. Be courteous. When you are, you are most likely using common sense.

Use your turn signals. It is usually the lever on the left side protruding out of the steering column. The steering column has the steering wheel attached to it.  The steering wheel is the thing you hold on to to make the vehicle turn left or right.

Enter your space by backing up whenever possible so that you’ll have an easier time when you leave the space.

Drive in the center of your lane and park in the center of your space to make it easier for other people to see you and navigate the lot.

Only park in a space if you’re sure you have enough room. Then pull your vehicle into the space as far as possible so that it will be easier for drivers and pedestrians to move through the lot.

Be careful opening your door as you exit your car to avoid denting the side of the car next to you.

Be aware of location of the lot’s entrances and exits and any no parking zones in the lot. Try to avoid parking near the entrance of the lot, as these areas are often more congested and you’ll have more drivers and pedestrians to deal with as you leave the space.

Watch out for signs indicating special rules that govern driving or parking in the lot. Stop signs are often posted in parking lots at the end of every lane. At uncontrolled intersections in the lot, follow the standard right-of-way rules. Stop and proceed only when it is safe.

Make sure you’re not going the wrong way by watching for arrows on the pavement indicating the designated direction for each lane. Many parking lot lanes are narrow and restricted to a single direction of traffic.

Stay out of spaces where the wheelchair logo is displayed on a sign or pavement marking, as well the striped areas next to them. Only drivers with a disabled parking placard or license plate may park in a designated handicapped space.


Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Lee Trevino Quotes,….


Golf is a game invented by the same people who think music comes out of a bagpipe.

Pressure is playing for ten dollars when you don't have a dime in your pocket.

The older I get, the better I used to be.

You can make a lot of money in this game. Just ask my ex-wives. Both of them are so rich that neither of their husbands work.

I'm not saying my golf game went bad, but if I grew tomatoes, they'd come up sliced.

99% of the putts that are short don't go in the hole’

There are two things you can do with your head down - play golf and pray.

One of the nice things about the Senior Tour is that we can take a cart and cooler. If your game is not going well, you can always have a picnic..

His nerve, his memory, and I can't remember the third thing..

Two things that are not long for this world: dogs that chase cars and professional golfers who putt for pars.

My wife doesn't care what I do when I'm away, as long as I don't have a good time.

It's the most fun I've had with my clothes on.

No one who ever had lessons would have a swing like mine.

If Jack Nicklaus had to play my tee shots, he couldn't break 80. He'd be a pharmacist with a string of drugstores in Ohio.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

My Mom Is An Angel??,......

Well of course she is. When she was disciplining me I thought otherwise,... but we won't go down that road.

A little history on the photo above,.... Mom had just passed away about a month prior to the picture being taken and my sister and her husband were staying mom's house because they had just gotten out of the Air Force. And she was pg(pregnant to those of you who didn't know what pg meant) with their first child. In this picture, my sister is holding her daughter when it was taken. Most of us believe it was mom visiting her new born granddaughter. It was and still is a very comforting photo. I've had people try to pass it off as a camera malfunction but I've seen similar photos on the web also saying it was a possible spirit. Who knows? It doesn't really matter but in Hebrews 13:2 "Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares." Now this could apply to a more physical make up of an angel in the form as a human,... but I'm going to us it in the sense that sometimes we just don't know or can't explain things.

25 years later, this photo still comforts me in my thinking that mom did indeed visit her new born granddaughter.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

The Mill Store,....

Located at 4031 Parkway Drive in Industrial Park, Florence is a great place for tees, shorts, children's sizes too. I don't shop,... but the staff made it a most enjoyable experience. I needed a few shirts for work with our logo and they hooked me right up. Combine the experience with good prices and I won't be going anywhere else for customized work shirts.

Be sure to check them out and go click "LIKE" on their Facebook page The Mill Store,... 

Here are a few comments from customers on their page,... 

"Love this store! (maybe too much) LOL Employees are always friendly & helpful, and they always have plenty of cute items to choose from!"

"First time in your store. Great selection. It's nice to have a local store to buy from instead of ordering online."

"It's a pleasure to shop here. Everyone is so helpful and kind. They have a huge variety to choose from and you can't beat the prices!"

"I'm so glad the Mill Store sells HTV vinyl! It is great quality and they stock lots of colors. They are always so helpful. Their shirts are of good quality and very reasonably priced."

Sunday, June 10, 2018


Suicide,...  an act of taking ones own life. According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, taking ones own life is the 10th single most cause of death in the US. Almost 45,000 Americans die by their own hand. For white middle aged males,... you represented 7 out of 10 suicides in 2016. Above sources are from AFSP Stats.

Personally I've always viewed it as a selfish act. From the few I've known to take their own life, this holds true. But it certainly isn't the case in many others. There are other factors with probably depression being the front runner. I know from experience how depression can play with the mind. I'd be lying if I said the thoughts hadn't entered my mind. They have. Luckily for me I guess, I listened to the "good" voices in my head. The voices of reason prevailed.

This past week two well known people took their own lives. Both were very successful in what they did. To the public eye, they seemed to be living the dream. But apparently it wasn't the case. I wonder what might have happened if they had called the number above. Would it have made a difference? We'll never know because suicide is the final act a person can do. Would talking to a friend, relative, minister made a difference? We'll never know that either.

Always remember this,... This too shall pass is an old saying that holds a lot of truth. Everything changes. Problems we think we cannot bear will seem less large as time goes by. Time is a great thing. Do not be ashamed to ask for help, to share your thoughts with others. Asking for help shows strength, not weakness. Go talk to someone you trust or call the number above. Do not let yourself become a statistic.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Colbert & Lauderdale Counties Sample Ballots June 5h Primary,...

Know who is running and exercise your right and privilege to vote on June the 5th.
If you don't know where your polling place is,... use this link by clicking HERE.
Remember there is no party cross over voting in the primaries,... it is straight ticket only.
Also, to view a larger version of each ballot,... simply click on it.

Lauderdale Democratic Ballot

Lauderdale Republican Ballot

Colbert Democratic Ballot

Colbert Republican Ballot